Amelia Island revealed . . .

By Mark Gearis
July 2, 2022

“Two nebulas” Photo courtesy of Mark Geris

Editor’s Note:  You might say Mark is a night owl. He works at the Green Turtle, but on clear nights after hours (midnight until 6 a.m.),  his attention is focused on his passion which is photographing the evening sky.  He is a member of the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society an organization that provides outreach to individuals interested in honing their night sky photography skills.

A native to the area, Mark graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2003.

About his photo:  During the summer months, the Milky Way band passes over our area and during this year Mark seized the opportunity to take a wide-field shot of two nebulas, the North American and the Pelican Nebula which is located in the constellation Cygnus.

Over the course of two nights during May and June, Mark captured the image at his home, located just over the Shave Bridge.  The process he used is called narrowband imaging.  By using filters, Mark uses the same exposure and captures specific light wave links, and complies them to produce a final image.


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Sue Almand
Sue Almand (@guest_65599)
1 year ago

This photo is amazing. Love to know where we can see more of his photography.

Margo Story
Margo Story (@guest_65600)
1 year ago

Great job Mark!!

Michael Hawthorne Sr
Michael Hawthorne Sr (@guest_65601)
1 year ago

Awesome photos Mark! Did not realize you were a photographer of the skies. Really cool passion!

Joe Gilman
Joe Gilman (@guest_65602)
1 year ago

Wow! Just Wow!

Janice Clarkson
Janice Clarkson (@guest_65603)
1 year ago

Amazing Mark!!